A fun Boycott Workfare action in London to highlight fraud and bullying of workfare providers (if it’s too far maybe do your own near you?)
12pm Thursday, May 17, 2012 on Brixton High Street
‘Farewell Emma, Farewell A4e’ party – Brixton
Emma Harrison recently left her positions as chairperson of A4e – a ‘welfare to work company’ that looks to make money out of unemployed people through bullying and strange cultish practices amongst other things – and Cameron’s ‘families’ czar’ after allegations of systematic fraud at the company. Depending on the results of the investigations – will Emma be on her way to prison? Will this be the end of A4e’s Department of Work and Pensions contracts worth £200 million of tax payers’ money? We feel a party is in order to see Emma and A4e on their way.
Boycott Workfare will be holding a farewell party outside Brixton A4e with balloons, music, cake, fizzy pop, and party hats. The party will allow us to raise awareness about the fraudulent practices and bullying that these ‘welfare to work’ providers engage in and to discuss with claimants their rights. This latter act is particularly important and effective. Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty recently won a victory over A4e after claimants spoke out and organised against A4e. They are now allowed to be accompanied into A4e with their own representative.
Join us outside Brixton A4e on Thursday 17th May at 12pm where we will party and leaflet for welfare rights. Brixton A4e is close to where the railway bridge crosses the high street.
After the party we will take a stroll along the high street in an information gathering exercise to find out who is in and who is out of the workfare schemes. We suspect that there may be many high street stores taking workfare who have managed so far to keep it secret.
Of course, A4e is just one of a number of other companies, including Serco, G4S, and Ingeus that are looking to make profit out of unemployed people. Whilst A4e are the only one’s currently being investigated for fraud, fraud is endemic in the entire welfare to work industry. The journalist Alex Nunns was able to predict the A4e scandal back in 2008. If you don’t have a local A4e, why not pay one of these other ‘providers’ a visit?